Definition of unbefitting in English:



  • Not appropriate; unsuitable.

    ‘unbefitting conduct’
    • ‘Mr Newman accepts that it was open to the Tribunal to come to a finding of conduct unbefitting on the basis of recklessness, but such a finding would have had a dramatic effect, he submits, on penalty.’
    • ‘The committee found Mr Green guilty of unbefitting conduct but accepted no one had suffered from Mr Green's actions.’
    • ‘It was somewhat unbefitting of someone claiming to be an empress to sit like an uneducated commoner, but Casen had always thought with a certain status comes the right to do as one pleases.’
    • ‘Buying, selling, shopping, being psychoanalyzed: these were activities unbefitting any intellectual with a sense of self-respect.’
    • ‘The question was, did I want that attention by wearing something so unbefitting to my personality?’
    • ‘Black is the color of grief, for God's sake, and it's SO unbefitting for any other occasion except for… well, funerals, obviously.’
    • ‘Or better yet, retire the pledge as an exercise in groupthink unbefitting a free people.’
    • ‘This does, of course, get very boring indeed (as well, of course as being incredibly unbefitting of a lady)’
    • ‘There is no doubt in the Tribunal's mind that all of the Respondents have been guilty of conduct unbefitting a solicitor…’
    • ‘The first woman dressed elegantly now dresses in clothes too big for her with a dirty cap unbefitting her beauty.’
    • ‘Through the dry, chilling lines, he always seems one part bemused; you can almost hear a smirk in his voice, which is a deep, rich baritone, unbefitting of a 37-year-old who still half looks like a teenager.’
    • ‘All I can manage to say is that Melody defended me like a saint, and Pete acted… very… unbefitting of a gentleman.’
    • ‘Not even acknowledging her act is unbefitting a person of her character, of her stature, of her memory!’
    • ‘As the Hon Maurice Williamson said, we have all travelled around places where we have experienced unruly behaviour that is not only unbefitting to the person but brings discredit on other people.’
    • ‘Understandably however, this narrative may have implied behaviour unbefitting a queen.’
    • ‘The Tribunal has found that Mr Wheeler was guilty of conduct unbefitting a solicitor for permitting Ms Harrison to work as she did.’
    • ‘It was a repressive occurrence and terribly unbefitting of a class so powerful, articulate and determined as that of Castlemont High, 2001.’
    • ‘These are regarded as unbefitting of an important historical and cultural heritage site or ‘customary’ practice.’
    • ‘The breaches of the Rules in respect of which the Tribunal had found the Respondent's explanations unsatisfactory, did amount to conduct unbefitting a solicitor.’
    • ‘Such behavior, which creates an impression that your political stance is more important than judging what is right and wrong, is totally unbefitting of Hong Kong's status as an international metropolis.’
    unsuitable, unfitting, ill-suited, unseemly, unbecoming, unprofessional, unfit, indecorous, improper, lacking in propriety, ungentlemanly, unladylike
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